Indian Motor sport
Round three of the MRF FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) was held in Chennai. Here is what went down
The first weekend of september saw the country’s top racers descend upon the mmrt racetrack outside Chennai at the halfway mark of this year’s national championship. two days of racing saw competitors across four classes jostle for position and compete for points that they will take to the final round of the championship next month.
SUPERSPORT 165 CLASS Race One
idemitsu honda ten10 racing’s sarath kumar looked to be back in form this weekend, snagging pole position during qualifying on friday, ahead of tVs racing’s Jagan kumar and k Y Ahamed, while the championship leader, idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing’s Rajiv Sethu, qualified at P5. When the lights went off, sarath looked strong off the line but pulled off the track before the first corner with a broken gear lever. His team-mate, Rajiv, also didn’t make it through the first lap, sliding off the track halfway through. these incidents left the top spots open for the tVs racing riders to capitalize on, which they did authoritatively.
Reigning champion Jagan Kumar was the first across the line after six laps, while his tVs racing team-mate, k Y Ahamed, secured the second spot, just a 10th of a second behind. mathana kumar crossed the line about four seconds behind
the lead pair to secure a podium place for the idemitsu honda ten10 racing team.
sunday’s race once again saw idemitsu honda ten10 racing’s sarath start from pole, but he was soon passed by tVs racing’s Jagan and Ahamed. he put the hammer down and soon reclaimed second place from Ahamed, but ahead of him Jagan rode a perfect race to cross the line first, setting the best lap of the race (1:55.726) in the process. Sarath finished second, with Ahamed less than half a second behind in third.
At the end of the weekend, it is Jagan, with back-to-back victories, who now leads the championship with 112 points, followed by his team-mate, Ahamed, at 91 points, while another tVs racing rider, deepak ravikumar, is in third with 74 points. Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing team’s Sarath and Rajiv are tied at 70 points. PRO-STOCK 165 CLASS
Although honda couldn’t make an impact in the premier class, the team did strike back in the pro-stock class with mithun kumar, who battled rACr’s naresh babu all through the six laps to finally come out on top.
naresh did all he could to get to the front, including setting the best lap of the race (1:59.278). Incidentally, this was the only sub-two-minute lap in the class. however, he had no choice but to settle for second place, having crossed the line half a second behind mithun. tVs racing’s sivanesan s rounded off the podium behind the lead pair.
sunday’s race saw mithun kumar lead for most of the way, but an excellent last-lap move by team rockers’ kannan k saw him take the lead, crossing the line a 10th of a second ahead of mithun. mithun’s honda team-mate, senthil Kumar, set the fastest lap of the race (1:59.561) to secure third place, less than half a second ahead of rACr’s naresh babu.
PRO-STOCK 301 TO 400 CLASS
The weekend’s only Pro-Stock 301 to 400 cc Class race was a tight battle between team Alisha Abdullah’s prabhu Arunagiri and the Gusto racing duo of Amarnath menon and satyanarayana raju, with the lead changing hands several times during this six-lap race.
prabhu started from pole and was soon passed by Amarnath, but he held on to second place, not allowing his rival to pull away. on the last lap a well-timed pass saw Prabhu back in the lead to cross the line first, barely a 10th of a second ahead of Amarnath, while raju came through in third.
STOCK 165 CLASS
the novice Class of the national Championship has so far been dominated by hyderabad’s karthik mateti, who won both races at the last round for sparks racing. this time, however, it was Anand r of Chennai who triumphed after a valiant six-lap battle that saw him cross the line less than two-tenths of a second ahead of mateti. third place went to bengaluru’s Aditya rao immaneni, also riding for sparks racing, who had a tough time fighting off Team 24 Racing’s Asfak Ahamed who missed a place on the podium by less than a tenth of a second.
STOCK 165 GIRLS CLASS
In the Stock 165-cc ladies race it was Chennai’s Shruthi nagarajan of Apex racing Academy who scored her maiden win of the championship, after starting from p3. Championship leader Ann Jennifer (Sparks Racing) started from pole, but a crash on the second lap saw her retire to the pits. this left the lead to Alisha Abdullah, with shruthi holding on to second place, looking for a way past. She finally squeezed through on the last lap to claim victory less than a second ahead of Alisha, while sparks racing’s ryhana bee claimed third. Although Ann failed to complete the race, her consistent riding through the season means that she still sits atop the championship standings with 50 points, while Shruthi has closed the gap and is just two points behind her at 48.
ABOVE: Jagan Kumar made it two out of two for TVS Racing
Mithun Kumar on his way to victory
Mithun (10) led most of the way, although it was Kannan K (36) who triumphed on Sunday
LEFT: Prabhu Arunagiri celebrates his win after an intense battle
Anand on his way to victory in the Novice Class
Shruthi (29) on the way to her maiden victory of the season